Yesterday was one of the great Mets wins in a long, long time. Bravo Ike Davis for bringing the fan base to its feet with cheers instead of tears but the fact that Ike gets the start at 1B today make this nice little 2 game win streak irrelevant .
While Mets fans should be rooting for a three game sweep over a first division club in the Cincinnati Reds, we are left to scratch are heads as to why this team continues to make the moves it does. Terry Collins proclaimed Lucas Duda as THE starting first baseman. To most clear thinking fans the interpretation was that Duda would start the bulk of games at first with Josh Satin as his righty hitting under study, but a look at the lineup for today its Ike Davis at 1B against the right handed Alfredo Simon ,so much for Duda getting a chance to play every day.
If Collins reasoning to play Ike over Duda was on account of that game winning Grand Slam, it would hold more merit with me but his response as to why Ike gets the start today is a head shaker:
Despite naming Lucas Duda his starter, Terry Collins said that he was planning to start Davis on Sunday anyway.
“When I talked to him the other day, I said, ‘Listen, you’re going to play Sunday. So even though it may not be an everyday thing, you’re going to get playing time,” Collins said
Uhhhhhh???? After TWO games as the ever day first baseman, Duda takes a seat and Ike gets to play. Are you kidding me? Where is the plan? Where is the commitment to Duda to give him time to get in a groove? Is there a plan? Out sure it there is it’s called the seat of your pants plan.
If I’m a player in that clubhouse I have to have some strong reservations when the manager tells me what my role is on this team, because what your told today could change tomorrow. This is the main problem Mets relievers have with the manager, they would like to know what their defined role is in the pen and Collins couldn’t care less about how they feel he wants them to be ready at all times when that bullpen phone rings. How‘s that been working out for you so far Terry?
As you can hear in the above link to the Mets Kult of Personalities Podcast from yesterday, I talked about Sandy Alderson over playing his hand in trying to deal Davis in the off season and spring and that I feel it’s time to move him not to Las Vegas but to another organization .
As much as I enjoyed the Grand Slam Walk Off yesterday, I still say it’s time to cut bait with Ike.